If A Monkey Takes A Selfie – Who Owns It?

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  In case you haven’t heard, everyone is going bananas over this Indonesian crested black macaque’s selfie. First, people thought it was cute when the photo went viral in 2011. More recently, a debate has sparked as to who owns rights to the photo? According to the newly updated draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office […]

A Game of Mouse and Mouse

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  Earlier this week, the trademark registration for Deadmau5 (AKA “dead mouse”) was caught in a mouse trap with word of Disney sending in a letter to oppose the mark. Joel Zimmerman, electronic music DJ and owner of the stage name Deadmau5, instantly tweeted about the news saying that Mickey better “Lawyer up.” landed home to […]

Stefano Gabbana’s Knock-Off Frenzy on Instagram

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Stefano Gabbana, co-owner of  the high-fashion brand, Dolce & Gabbana, posted five consecutive Instagram posts of  potential trademark infringers just yesterday. Potential infringers include: “Dance & Havana”  and “Dolce & Gipsy.”   Although these Instagram posts are paired with heart emojis ❤, Dolce & Gabbana may not be laughing too hard. We are weary of what […]

3 Ways To Strike Gold With Your Intellectual Property

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  Once you have filed your patents, trademarks and copyrights you are attaining and acquiring exclusive rights to your unique ideas. In other words, you are creating intellectual property (or IP for short.) This newly acquired IP is a great way to fend off copycats, but it takes meticulous strategy and seamless execution to “strike […]

How To Deal With The Infamous Cyber Villain – “The Brandjacker”

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When your startup has a recognized logo, your brand is a super brand with a special type of power. The type of power where you can place your logo somewhere and, without your brand having to say anything at all, a passerby will just know the promise that stands behind it. For example, you experience […]

Be There or Be Square – Top 5 Events for Entrepreneurs

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These events are the ones that I will not hesitate to say, “If you are a serious entrepreneur you better be there or be square.”  Each event below is pivotal to attend throughout your startup’s lifecycle for the networking possibilities and learning experiences.  With these events, test the startups waters, launch your product or dive […]

Find Your Brand Story

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There is a reason you can’t put that book down. As your eyes intently scan the words on the pages, something mysterious has happened.Your heart beats faster. Your palms become sweatier. Between the lines of black ink you have developed an intense emotional connection with this book. If you have traveled to this paradise before […]

Make Your Idea Come To Life In 7 Steps

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In many ways, your aha moment is like an egg. Thee egg’s thin outer shell is symbolic of your split second of inspiration. The opportunity of life inside resembles the potential of your idea. At this fragile moment, you have one of two choices. You can either let negative thoughts crack your idea’s fragile lining […]

How To Determine If Your Startup is Scaleable

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  Many entrepreneurs seem to be attracted to the idea of running an ambitious, scaleable startup that sustains exponential growth. This is a flashy concept, but the fact is, that a majority of startups are happy to be a self-sustaining mom and pop. According to the SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration), Over 50% of the […]

10 Web Apps To Help Startups Get Up & Running

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Being an entrepreneur is hard work. You have to be able to manage multiple aspects of a business at once. Try out these 10 online tools to help you with 10 startup business essentials.   1. Incorporate Your Business Incorporating your business is a huge step in forming your startup.  With the Incorporation Wizard structure […]